The prize, with a monetary value of 10,000 euros, also includes the edition of the work, through a protocol with Editorial Gradiva. Without advancing the number of applications, Estoril Sol says that this year there was a record influx of competitors, which required a hard work for the jury.
Regarding the winning work, the jury considered ‘Escavadoras‘ a novel that attracts not only the dreamlike aspects of how the narrative is organized but also the feeling of loss that unites the existential universe of the characters. A striving point of view guides and organizes human relationships and, no less relevant, the family tragedy experienced in the novel.
Marta Pais de Oliveira was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, in 1990, and lives in Miramar, in the same municipality. She has a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Porto and Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a postgraduate degree in Business Communication from Porto Business School.
After a brief stint in journalism, Pais Oliveira developed communication and brand management projects, lived in Mozambique, where he implemented distance learning systems. Currently, she works in advertising and has collaborated, as a columnist in some newspapers.
The jury was chaired by Guilherme D`Oliveira Martins, representing the National Culture Center, and also included José Manuel Mendes, by the Portuguese Writers Association, Maria Carlos Gil Loureiro, by the Directorate-General for Books, Libraries and Archives; Manuel Frias Martins, for the Portuguese Association of Literary Critics; and, still, Maria Alzira Seixo, Liberto Cruz and José Carlos de Vasconcelos, individually invited, and Dinis de Abreu, representing Estoril Sol.
The Agustina Bessa-Luís Revelation Literary Prize was established in 2008 by Estoril Sol, within the scope of the company’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, aiming to distinguish and disseminate new literary talents, without published work.